London Architecture

The Shard

Also known as
Shard Tower
The Shard of Glass
Formerly known as Shard London Bridge
London Bridge Tower
32 London Bridge Street
London, England SE1
Basic Information
Designed by Renzo Piano
Cost £450,000,000
Type Skyscraper
Floors: 95
Neighborhood: Southwark
More Information
  • Floor space: 1,389,987 square feet
  • Office space: 576,784 square feet
  • Glass facade: 602,779 square feet *Weight: 18,000 tons.
  • Glass: 11,000 panes.
  • Roof height: 998 feet.
  • Elevators: 44
  • Developer: Sellar Property Group
  • Architecture firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • Architecture firm: Adamson Associates
  • Architect: Renzo Piano
  • Associate architecture firm: Adamson Associates
  • At the time of completion, this was the tallest building in Europe.
  • The building was designed with 39 elevators, 11 of them double-deckers.
  • The height of the observation level is 804 feet.
  • Because of the building's tapering shape, the floors are of different sizes. Office floors range from 31,379 to 14,456 square feet.
  • March, 2001: A planning application for this building was submitted to the London Borough of Southwark.
  • March, 2002: Both the Southward Borough and Ken Livingstone, then Mayor of London, gave their support to the project.
  • July, 2002: The Deputy Prime Minister put the planning application on hold so that a public inquiry could be launched into the impact the building would have on the city.
  • April, 2003: A public inquiry began into the construction of this building, allowing people to voice their concerns about its potential impact on the city.
  • November 19, 2003: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister gave the developers planning permission, a key step in moving the building from drawing board to reality.
  • August, 2007: The Times of London reported that the building would be delayed at least a year because of financial difficulties.
  • April, 2008: The Southwark Towers were demolished to make way for this building.
  • February, 2009: Construction began.
  • March 16, 2009: Official date of construction start.
  • March 30, 2012: This building topped out.
  • July 5, 2012: Inauguration ceremonies were held for this building, though it would be many more months before it opened to the public.
  • May 6, 2014: The Shangri-La London opened in this building.